Early in the summer of 2020, the Church Council named three committees to give leadership to special needs of the congregation.
The first is IN-PERSON WORSHIP COMMITTEE and the members are Mary Owen, Judith James and Jim Gossett.
The second is PASTORAL RETIREMENT AND CELEBRATION COMMITTEE and the members are Carol Sisco-Martinez, Jan Ziegler, and Sheila Angerer.
The third is the INTERIM PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE with membership of Miki Ward, Beth Bizer, Kyle Kramm and Jena Wendel.
These committees did important work for this epidemic and pastoral transition time. The Council and congregation express deep appreciation for the care and leadership given by these persons. So a big THANK YOU to each of you.
A brief description of the work of each committee.
IN-PERSON WORSHIP COMMITTEE
They identified a number of mitigation conditions needing to be enacted for safe in-person worship such as sanitizing, wearing masks, maintaining 6’ distancing, temperature checks, and not attend if feeling ill or been near others that tested positive. It was also identified there would be no in-person worship if the local new positive cases numbers exceeded a 7 day average of 30. Arrangements were made for virtual worship. The Committee continues to monitor the numbers and will recommend resuming in-person worship based on local new cases.
PASTORAL RETIREMENT AND CELEBRATION COMMITTEE
This committee task was to find appropriate ways, during this Covid 19 time, to rightfully celebrate the 15 years of Pastor Scott’s ministry. They have invited the congregation to share their remembrances, given financial gifts to Family Promise and Slumber Fall camp in his honor, presented him with personal gifts and will conclude during his retirement Sunday, December 27 worship service with a litany celebrating his ministry and releasing him of his pastoral duties.
INTERIM PASTORAL SEARCH COMMITTEE
This Committee was tasked with finding Pastoral leadership for Faith Church upon Pastor Scot’s retirement. Working closely with the South Central Conference Minister, the committee determined the kind and scope of leadership necessary, reviewed and interviewed a number of available candidates, and prepared a Designated Term Ministry Covenant. The candidate and agreement will be announced soon.
The Council thanks the congregation for their faithfulness during this health crisis and transition time.